The Role of Abraham Lincoln in Securing a Charter for a Homeopathic Medical College

Abstract

In 1854, Abraham Lincoln was retained to prepare a state legislative proposal to charter a homeopathic medical college in Chicago. This was a complex task in view of the deep-seated animosity between allopathic or orthodox medical practitioners and irregular healers. Homeopathy was regarded as a cult by the nascent American Medical Association. In addition, the poor reputation of medical education in the United States in general, further complicated the project. Lincoln and influential individuals in Illinois lobbied legislators and succeeded in securing the charter. Subsequently, the Hahnemann Homeopathic Medical College accepted its first class in 1860 and with its successors remained in existence for almost sixty-five years.

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Spiegel, A.D., Kavaler, F. The Role of Abraham Lincoln in Securing a Charter for a Homeopathic Medical College. Journal of Community Health 27, 357–380 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1019840711184

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